On the way from Ventura we spotted this Big Fork on Main Street in Santa Monica. Grabbed a parking spot around the corner (not the easiest thing to do in Santa Monica) to get this image. This, I found out is the symbol/logo for the Fork in the Road Restaurant, a “New American Restaurant.” What ever that means. It was mid-afternoon and were headed for a great dinner at “The Lobster,” at the base of the Santa Monica Pier so we didn’t stop in for a nosh.
Santa Monica Fork in the Road
We had a visitor’s choice day according to Julia’s trip schedule during our Spring Break Trip to Los Angeles. It was a fine Tuesday morning and after visiting the magnificent rose garden in the park out front we visited the California Science Center. What a great museum! Lot’s of school groups present and the museum has lots of interactive displays which keep their attention. The museum is also the home to the retired Space Shuttle Endeavor. A good presentation on space travel and videos of the arrival of the space shuttle, both the fly-overs as well as the surface movement of the shuttle onto the museum grounds. I was even happier when we spotted this big gyroscope mounted outside the ExploraStore.
California Science Center Gyroscope
On Saturday right after we arrived Julia and Dan took us down to the LA City Market. What an interesting place. Lots of ethnic food types, almost any type of pepper you could want. It was a veritable treasure of sights, sounds and smells. If you have time this is a stop you must take in LA.
LA City Market
The Indianapolis Home Show has been the site of my first Big Thing photos of the year. This year yielded a couple. Here is a Big Smartphone located in the Comcast booth right at the west entrance. Chris was kind enough to let us take this photo. If you look closely at the screen on the phone you can just make out the Chief Photographer in the lower left.
This is a new one. This granite company exhibits every year showing a wide variety of large granite slabs. It’s always interesting to see the many different types of granite on display. This year to draw attention to their booth they displayed this big granite vase. I don’t know how they did this, must have used the largest granite lathe ever made. Quite impressive work.
Home Show Vase
We visited the Indiana Historical Museum for one of their special exhibits. Since I’m entering this post at a later date I don’t remember exactly which exhibit it was. They did have one that dealt with polio, the vaccines, and treatments. At any rate we did see this Big Watch.
Indiana Historical Museum
Here is a Big Crayon and Big Pencil. We were on our way to a log cabin in Brown County, Indiana after hiking in McCormick’s State Park. As we were driving the Chief Photographer spotted these big items and shouted “Stop, turn around, there were some Big Crayons back there.” Sure enough, out in front of the Edgewood Early Childhood Center on SR-46 in Ellettsville, IN were these babies. May be the first Big Crayon on the site, I already had a Big Pencil that Andy once gave me, see below.
Big Writing Instruments
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis where I volunteer once a week had a Volunteer Recognition evening coinciding with the opening of “Avatar: The Exhibition.” We were able to experience the new exhibit and found these Big Boots to illustrate the difference in size between humans and Avatars. The lower gravity allowed everything to grow to a larger size. If you plan to visit Indianapolis, plan to spend some time in the museum. On a Wednesday morning stop in at Science Works on the 4th floor and say “hi” to me.
Children’s Museum Avatar
Outside the T&H Sweeper Company branch on Indiana SR-9 in Anderson I spotted this Big Vacuum. We were on our way to Mounds State Park. Indiana has some very nice state parks and we have started to visit them. Mounds web site describes it best stating it “features 10 unique “earthworks” built by a group of prehistoric Indians known as the Adena-Hopewell people. The largest earthwork, the “Great Mound”, is believed to have been constructed around 160 B.C. Archaeological surveys seem to indicate it was used as a gathering place for religious ceremonies.” We enjoyed our time in the park, it’s nice that it is so close to home.
Anderson Vacuum Cleaner
After getting the Coke bottle and Big Rocker in Hagerstown we traveled north on I-81 to the Keystone Fireworks Company in Pennsylvania, just over the Mason-Dixon line. This is one big firecracker. There were a lot of no smoking signs around the building as you might expect. They weren’t open at but this was one big store.
Sullivan’s Hardware, on Keystone Avenue in Indianapolis, is fast becoming my inflatable site of preference. They regularly have suppliers place inflatables in front of the store. Driving by recently I spotted this big inflatable before the Chief Photographer. She asked why we were turning into the parking lot, then she spotted this Big Green Egg Cooker inflatable. This ceramic cooker is the latest trend in grilling. The company calls it “The Ultimate Cooking Experience.” I bet it’s a pretty good grill.